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      As most of you are now painfully aware, Photobucket (PB) are stopping/have stopped allowing their members to link their accumulated years of photos into forums and the like, which they call 3rd party linking.  You can give them a non-refundable $399 a year to allow links, but I doubt that many will be rushing to take them up on that offer.  If you've previously paid them for the Pro account, it looks like you've got until your renewal to find another place to host your files, but you too will be subject to this ban unless you fork over a lot of cash.   PB seem to be making a concerted move to another type of customer, having been the butt of much displeasure over the years of a constantly worsening user interface, sloth and advertising pop-ups, with the result that they clearly don't give a hoot about the free members anymore.  If you don't have web space included in your internet package, you need to start looking for another photo host, but choose carefully, as some may follow suit and ditch their "free" members at some point.  The lesson there is keep local backups on your hard drive of everything you upload, so you can walk away if the same thing happens.   There's a thread on the subject here, so please use that to curse them, look for solutions or generall grouse about their mental capacity.   Not a nice situation for the forum users that hosted all their photos there, and there will now be a host of useless threads that relied heavily on photos from PB, but as there's not much we can do other than petition for a more equitable solution, I suggest we make the best of what we have and move on.  One thing is for certain.  It won't win them any friends, but they may not care at this point.    Mike.
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Aircraft Weapons Set C

Aircraft Weapons Set C



1:48 Hasegawa

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This is by no means a new release, but weapons sets are always useful when choosing a loadout for your aircraft that isn't included in the original stores provided with the kit.

Hasegawa have a range of sets to populate your empty pylons, with sets A-C being primarily aimed at the US military aircraft modeller. Of course the US supplies weapons systems around the world, so these sets are of wider interest to the modeller of cold war and modern military aircraft of many nations.

The box contains 4 sprues of grey plastic, a small clear sprue containing a number of hemispherical seeker heads, and a rather colourful decals sheet to deck out your painted weapons.

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Two each of the A and B sprues are included, allowing you to build the following impressive list of munitions:

4 x AIM-4B Sidewinder

4 x AIM-9D Sidewinder

4 x AIM-9E Sidewinder

4 x AIM-9J Sidewinder

4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder

4 x AIM-7F Sparrow

4 x AIM-4D Falcon

4 x AIM-4G Falcon

2 x AGM-45 Shrike (with adapter)

6 x AGM-65 Maverick (with clear seeker head)

2 x LAU-88A triple rail for Maverick

2 x AGM-78 Standard (with adapter)

2 x AGM-88 HARM (with adapter)

2 x SUU-23A 20mm gun pod

2 x HIPEG 20mm gun pod

2 x GPU-5/A gun pod (GEPOD 30)

8 x sway brace fittings for F-4 C/D/E/EJ/F/G inner pylon

To the rear of the instructions is a decaling diagram with a short paragraph giving brief details of the weapon, which may prove educational to a weapons numpty like myself. Equally, simply typing in the weapon's designation into Wikipedia can provide much more detail than the instructions, but I suspect that this set was first designed before the internet became ubiquitous.

The decal sheet contains lots of stencil data for the weapons, color bands designating the weapon's status (inert, live etc.), and some large GE designs for the GAU-5/A. Some colourful shark mouth decals for the SUU-23A complete this lively sheet, which has good register and good color density. The carrier film seems a little large on some of the smaller decals, but a combination of trimming and decal setting solution should reduce its prominence.

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Conclusion

Essential if you're short of weapons for your latest creation or next project, and detail is good throughout, while the decals add that extra bit of realism. There is a little flash here and there, but nothing that will cause any problems.

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I keep meaning to get one or two of these sets. There is a set D as well, with laser guided munitions and targeting pods.

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I keep meaning to get one or two of these sets. There is a set D as well, with laser guided munitions and targeting pods.

Oh, there are LOADS of sets. I'll try & get hold of a few more to review to encourage you to buy some ;)

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Oh, there are LOADS of sets. I'll try & get hold of a few more to review to encourage you to buy some ;)

Oh, I didn't need any more encouragement just bought sets A and D. I see Trumpy have done a 1/32 weapon set. I wouldn't mind seeing a review of that.

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These sets do go back some, so they don't always come up to current moulding standards (and you can tell how dated they are by that GAU-5/A pod!). But they are still mostly very good. I have found, though, that the AIM-4s are a bit undersized.

Like all Hasegawa stuff the price has shot up of late, but quite a few appear on eBay at much more reasonable rates. The only practical difference is that the decals are likely to have gone off a bit. One of the sets (I think it's D) is more modern than the original releases, being full of JDAMs and stuff. Can't remember if this makes the original Set D a rarity or if they deliberately left a gap in the series.

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One of the sets (I think it's D) is more modern than the original releases, being full of JDAMs and stuff. Can't remember if this makes the original Set D a rarity or if they deliberately left a gap in the series.

Weapons sets A, B, and C appeared in the late 80's. There's only been one set D which didn't come along till much later. It contains Lantirn targeting and Nav pods and pylons for the F-15/16, GBU-10/12/16/24/31, Harpoon, Skipper and ACMI pods.

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You've done it now Mike. You've used the Loadout word. Hell shall unleash all it's fury upon you! :devil:

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You've done it now Mike. You've used the Loadout word. Hell shall unleash all it's fury upon you! :devil:

I'm waiting for Dave to come round & beat me up :unsure:

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